March 8, Day 1: Beijing Zoo

Tummy’s full after eating at KFC so we continued our commuting city tour, this time off to Beijing Zoo.

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The Beijing Zoo is a zoological park in Beijing, China. Located in the Xicheng District, the zoo occupies an area of 89 hectares (220 acres), including 5.6 hectares (14 acres) hectares of lakes and ponds. It is one of the oldest zoos in China and has one of the largest animal collections in the country. The zoo was founded in 1906 during the late Qing Dynasty. Like many of Beijing’s parks, the zoo’s grounds resemble classical Chinese gardens, with flower beds amidst natural scenery, including dense groves of trees, stretches of meadows, small streams and rivers, lotus pools and hills dotted with pavilions and historical buildings.

The Beijing Zoo is best known for its collection of rare animals endemic to China including the Giant Pandas, which are zoo’s most popular animals.

I’m very excited to go to Beijing Zoo to see a “real” panda. They are so cute and nice to cuddle like bears. 🐼🐼🐼Sadly, the panda that I saw are all sleeping. So had to take photo with panda statue and settle in buying Panda souvenirs (coin and ref magnet at 40CNY). We were joking around that since it’s Sunday, it’s Panda’s restday. Next time, need to go on their working day.

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After seeing the Panda, we decided to split the group so we can explore the zoo. I was with Camil, Lee, Phoebe, Tikoy and Aica. All must be at the Beijing Zoo exit at 5pm.

Although I didn’t see a super active panda, I  still had fun since it’s my first time to see a real giraffee, rhinoceros, hippopotamus and zebra.

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The Beijing Zoo is really big, we tried looking for the penguin but failed. And we are so tired of walking so had to ride a tram heading to the Zoo Exit. We paid 10 CNY each. The lazy ones are me, Camil, Aica and Lee. This is the time that we found out that Aica is 2 months pregnant. I guess she really need some rest. But Phoebe and Tikoy continued walking just to see the real tigers. I’ve been to Zoobic Safari and Baluarte in Vigan so it’s okay not to see the tigers anymore. While riding on the tram, we also realized that we are so near at the penguin house but missed it. So we kept on saying, ” So near, yet so far” 😦

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And to our surprise, we are the last to arrive at the Zoo exit. Tikoy and Phoebe have fast and strong legs. Sorry, it’s actually my fault as I had to take pictures before riding the tram. You know me, photoholic 🙂

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Tired! Looks like a mug shot at Subway Station.

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